Genres: Graphic Novel
I don’t think the women of comics or mangas get enough love. Black Widow, Wonder Women, or Harley Quinn seem to get a lot of the attention, so I put together a list of some female characters that may not be on your radar. If I don’t mention your favorite, please tell me about them in the comments!
A-Force is the all female Avengers team. They debuted on May 2015 as part of Marvel’s Secret Wars and were part of an alternate universe, but reemerged in the regular Marvel Universe. Volume 1 is out this July.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Doreen Green, AKA Squirrel Girl, is the strongest person in the Marvel Universe. She was given her own series in 2015 and was rebooted after the Secret Wars as part of the “All-New, All-Different Marvel.”
Josie Schuller is the perfect wife, homemaker, and mother. She is also a ruthless assassin. She balances her two lives until she finds herself on an assassin’s list. Volume 1 is out and Dark Horse has announced the second arc of the story will start in August 2016.
Starfire, or Koriand’r, is a DC hero who was given her own series in 2015. She lives in Florida beating the crap out of bad guys when an underworld creature threatens to destroy everything. Volume 1 is out now.
The newest Marvel character is a woman named Gwen Pool. She started out as a joke on a variant cover of Deadpool; a cute blonde in a pink Deadpool costume. She’s from “our” universe and somehow finds herself in the Marvel Universe. She has no fear for her safety since she knows she’s in a comic. Volume 1 is out in November.
We all know Scarlet Witch from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU if you are a nerd like me), but last fall she was given her own series. Witchcraft is broken and Wanda has to figure out how to fix it. Volume 1 is out in July with Volume 2 due in early 2017.
America Chavez doesn’t have her own solo series yet, but I had to include her. She’s a Latina LGBTQIA teenage Miss America. She made her debut in Vengeance (which will be re-released in Spring 2017), and later showed up in Young Avengers. She can also be found in the above A-Force.
Akuma no Riddle
Myoujou Academy is an elite school. There are 13 students in Class Black. Twelve are assassins and their target is their 13th classmate, Haru Ichinos. Tokaku Azuma, one of the 12, develops feelings for Haru and decides to protect her. Four volumes will be out as of July 2016.